Animate Artists

Animate Artists

Animate Artists is a collaborative and creatively challenging music-making opportunity for our older or more experienced Animate Orchestra members (in school years 7-13). The programme is our top tier offer for Animate members. Young musicians who take part are interested in honing their creative skills in a smaller, more advanced ensemble made up of young musicians from across the four boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Royal Greenwich and Lewisham.

Each year we recruit for a new Animate Artists cohort. The opportunity to become an Animate Artist is by invitation only, and this is on the basis of your involvement in Animate Orchestra to-date. 

To take part, you should be:

  • in school years 7 - 13
  • an instrumentalist or music technologist
  • playing at roughly grade 2/3 standard or above
  • able to use your creativity, knowledge and skills to push artistic boundaries
  • interested in music and dance collaboration

This year, our programme for Animate Artists includes a performance platform at the Tate Modern as part of Tate Exchange, as well as an artistic collaboration with young dancers for Live at Trinity Laban 2017.


To be considered for Animate Artists this year, you will need to be available for at least 80% of the following dates. Please note that there may be minor changes to the times listed, but if so these will be communicated clearly in advance.

Sunday 13 November 09:00 - 15:00

Skills Building Day:

A chance for musicians, music technologists and dancers to get to know each other and build skills
Sunday 27 November 09:00 - 15:00

Creative Days:

Collaborative days for musicians, music technicians and dancers to devise work together
Sunday 4 December 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 29 January 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 12 February 09:00 - 15:00
Monday 13 February 09:00 - 15:00

Tate Exchange:

Collaborative ideas-sharing, performances and feedback on work developed alongside other young artists
Tuesday 14 February 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 26 February 09:00 - 15:00

Creative Days:

Collaborative days for musicians, music technicians and dancers to devise work together
Sunday 12 March 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 19 March 09:00 - 15:00
Monday 20 March 16:00 - 21:00 Tech and Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 21 March 16:00 - 22:00 Performance


In 2016, Animate Artists collaborated with dancers from the Trinity Laban Youth Dance Programme to prepare an original performance piece for the Live at Trinity Laban showcase. Across 5 months, young musicians and dancers developed performance ideas together through workshops and creative research. Their final piece used glove technology to blur the boundaries between the art forms of music and dance. They were supported by professional music and dance artists.

Opportunities for Animate Artists may differ each year.


Recruitment for each new Animate Artists cohort usually happens annually in October. Watch this space for further information, or visit the Animate Orchestra website. Alternatively you can contact Joanna Freeman on [email protected] with any queries about how to get involved. 

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